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Palo Verde High School assessed threat
March 2, 2018
BLYTHE, Calif On Friday morning, February 23, the Blythe Police Departments School Resource Officer received very vague information regarding a possible threat at Palo Verde High School. The Officer, along with Blythe Police Detectives immediately began interviewing staff and students at PVHS.
During their investigation they discovered a 15-year-old high school student was seen on a website looking at a picture of a handgun on his personal smart phone. There were no threats, and no conversation between the two students ever took place regarding a firearm. One student reportedly looked over the shoulder of another and saw a student viewing pictures of a handgun and dutifully notified his teacher. The teacher then notified school administration and an investigation was started.
Blythe Police initiated the School Threat Assessment and Response protocol, (S.T.A.R.), and identified the 15-year-old student. The student was cooperative, as was his parents, and allowed police access to their home. The 15-year-old provided a viable story as to why he was looking at this particular gun, which was verified by the parents.
In light of very recent events I believe this student demonstrated very poor judgment in researching gun models while at school, stated Chief Jeff Wade. Chief Wade added that he was pleased that the student reported the incident to their teacher so that it could be thoroughly investigated to determine there was no threat and students were never in danger.
As a precaution police remained at PVHS throughout the day and the student remained at home with his parents.
Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact Blythe Police Department at 922-6111, or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail.
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